I play a bit of guitar and bass. Singing too. I got into electronic music three years with maschine at first, then got into hardware synth with the volca FM. 3 months ago looking for a new and free way of doing synth music I discovered VCV wich soon became obsessive. I didn't take too long then for me tolook forward to physical patch & tweak.
Still waiting for my AE system, but as I see it, it's not only a low-cost option, it's a really decent one, considering that, for now, I'm not really into the do-it-all hugely patchable modules that eurorack can provide. I'm just super fond of interractif with sounds at core.
This forum really helped me in my decision since with all the discussion about other patchwire synths wich really helps me see AEM as an even more expandable system (not even talking about the future modules, some of them seem to be pretty sleek).
Also looking forward to some DIYness, but for now it just seems a bit to complicated for me, but the talk here really inspire me.
So anyway, AEM opens a lot of doors for me and I think this forum plays a fair part in this, so glad to be among you!
My story isn't very interesting but let me introduce myself anyway.
I'm not a musician nor have I got musical aspirations. My goal is really just to have some fun. I have an affinity for electronics and you can call me an electronic music freak. This is how my interest for modular grew over the years. I'm into a lot of artists across different genres that compose and perform with modular synths: Luke Abbott, James Holden, Alessandro Cortini, Caterina Barbieri, Suzanne Ciani, Donato Dozzy, Surgeon, to name a few.
The prices of modular gear always kept me away from it. Until I found out about the affordable AE modular system with the nice format and DIY feel to it. I was instantly sold. I got me the two row starter kit and some additional modules. I'm sure I'll be buying more modules in the future. I have seen some exciting stuff on the "sunrise" page.
I'm also looking forward to doing some DIY.
Finally, I hope I will be able to contribute a bit to this community, as a good community is important for the development of a product. I wish AE modular will really take off and produce a lot more cool modules!
I've ordered an AE Modular system, but haven't received it yet.
I've got a fairly intense Eurorack setup, which I love, but it's is based around a very specific concept, so it stays patched a particular way all the time. I also have a handful of standalone synths, that I sometimes use with the Eurorack, but those are generally pretty separate. Check out the link in my signature if you want to see and hear the kinds of music I'm creating.
With the AE Modular, I'm hoping to get back into some more raw and basic synth exploration and experimentation, like I was doing when I first started out with my Korg littleBits Synth kits. Of course, who knows, before too long I might have a whole new concept
i m Axel, iḿ from Germany (Brandenburg) and i start in the end 80 s with a DX21 and a Kawai R50 Drumcomuter (i was so happy with the inside "Electronic Drum Chip" then much more and much went again.
I do come from the Belgium and Canadian Industrial Music like Bands as Front 242, Skinny Puppy, The Klink, Nine Inch Nails , Severed Heads and iḿ a big fan of Cabaret Voltaire.
In the early beginning of the 90 s i start my own Band with frinds and we are named and do some records and touring in the "dark electro" scene.
Today i like more ambient atmospheric sounds often created with verry limited hardware Equipment (today i have only a Korg MS 20 mini)
In the begnning of 2000 i have my first Start with a Doepfer modular but after a time i sell it (to technical and to expensive) but from the feeling i do the most experimental sounds
i have ever done. Some years later i do a second start with Doepfer, Malekko and others but i sold the system too. I have spent more time on the internet to watch what makes what module as music.
In the German Synthesizer Forum i found a post about the AE Modular and i think "Thats it" small (from the size) and not so much expensive. And not a universe of modules wich i need a year to understand.
Today i m waiting for my first System... a case..the base module and one oscillator not no less.
Maybe I wanted to start a website that introduces detailed modules of the AE Moular system with sound examples... let's see
Hello everybody I've received my AEM yesteday, so I don't have AE Modular story to share yet, but I thnk I have AE Modular future ahead Mine is 2 rack, early version with some valuable additions: one more osc, Nyle filter, seq16, delay and reverb. Bought it from a previous owner in pristine condition.
First impresion after opening the box: it's small! I't's hard to determine measures from the photos, so it was a surprise - I mean in a good, charming way - it looks cute, it's very light, it's comfortable to take it on your lap. Also it looks great - I dig it's minimal aesthetic very much, if Bauhaus designed synths they would look like this!
Now let's try to use it. I have no background with proper modular, yet I have Behringer Neutron, which is semi-modular, so I'm not completely left in the dark here. Osc to audio1 - it works! Turning the knobs shapes the sound in a very pleasant way - the sound has character, I like it! It took mi a while to produce proper sound with env controling vca and with changing pitch. In semidular all the basic connections are made for me. I roughly know I have to connect env with osc and vca and lfo, sequencer and some filter but which output to which input? Ok, I got it, Ha! Now I can explore further! That was one of the very reasons to buy modular - to fully understand how the creation of sound works. I love Neutron, I have learnt a lot but still too often I'm surpised with it's behaviour. Happy accidents are great method but I would like to clearly see what is connected where, to hear (or not) the effect. So AEM looks like amazing tool for educational and creative puropses!
I was worrying a bit about patchwires, but they are generaly better than I thought. It happens to unplug something accidentaly or it's sometimes tricky to plug in or pull out the wire among three others, but once the're in, they sit pretty well, and they have this spaghetti-like/mad scientist laboratory look I love so much!
I'm 40 now, but I make music for less than a year only - which have been a bit unexpected turn in my life I have some bugdet synths (some Volcas, Monologue, Neutron, SQ1 sequencer, even Yamaha PSS480 with simple fm synthesis onboard, Behringer mixer with multi FX and Zoom 8-track recorder) and I love to sew their sounds together into one musical fabric. For now I have to experiment and explore with AEM alone to understand what I'm doing, but the goal is to include it as a valuable member of my synth family. I've already ordered 4I/O module, midi break cable (there was none in my AEM set) and waiting for Volca Modular integration module as I'm going to buy VM too.
Thank You Robert, for making a modular I can afford, I'm gald I can be part of this community and explore the sound and myself further than I have ever thought.
Now, excuse me while I continue my electronic meditation with AEM. It's a small step for mankind but huge step for wannabe synthesist
Hey... I am Bahm from Bavaria and I ordered an ae starter system 2 after I have read about it. I always wanted a modular system but never started buying things because of the price. I mean you can spend your money just one time and for me thousands of euros until I have something that is really what I want is just too much. I had a few synths... About 10 until about one year ago when I started selling them. Just kept ableton push and a dsi mono evolver. The reason was I had the feeling owning all the machines was just because I thought I had to have them because of forums and not because the differences are that great so it makes sense. It just was too much effort to me after work to handle all that stuff. Also I had to give up my hobby room because my son moved from his mom to me. So I only have 2 meters of space now including the pc. I mean I could have taken a bigger flat but like I wrote... Didn't use the most things often anyway.
Also using a PC was more and more stressing me a bit. I am just like a after work jammer... No producer. So I bought an akai force now and it makes me really happy since 1 month. Best machine ever. (I had a lot of grooveboxes too over time... and when using ableton I always missed something on them but the other way around it was the same). Ok it has 3 or 4 CV outs which is nice...
And now I am waiting for my ae..... I am really excited. Thanks. Have a nice day. Bahm